SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
Please note: For minutes of the Annual Finance Meeting 2007 click here

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2007, COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
PRESENT
Councillor G.J. Stammers (Chairman)
Councillor R. J. Fitchford
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge
Councillor A. G. M. Jones

Clerk of the Council, I. A. Wilkins
12 Members of Public

There was a thirty minute period of public participation prior to the formal agenda

01. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
County and District Councillor R.G. Hobbs
Councillor Miss C. Kimberley
Councillor J. Jacobs
02. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Mrs. S. Morlidge Planning Application 07/00878/FUL
The Old Bakehouse, The Green
Personal Interest
03. MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th March, 2007, having been previously circulated, were agreed and signed by the Chairman
04. MATTERS ARISING
  (a) Appointment of Tree Warden
    The Clerk reported that no volunteer had come forward to take the position
05. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS BY COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Councillor Hobbs reported that, at a recent meeting of the Area Committee, the matter of Highways Issues was considered. It was resolved that preference should be given to funding smaller projects
Following the presentation by Councillor Stammers at the meeting, he intended to make application for funding to alleviate the situation in Highfield Close
He would also apply for funding for some type of traffic calming adjacent to the Sports Club
The Chairman suggested that consideration be given to changing the road markings in School Road to give direction priority
06. FINANCE
Receipts
(a) Bank of Ireland

Deposit Account Interest

£10300-00
(b) A.E. Bennett & Sons

Cemetery Fee (Smith)

£150-00
(c) Geo. Clifford & Sons

Cemetery Fee (Evans)

£15-00
(d) Charinco

Investment Dividend

£19-01
Payments to be Authorised
(a) Allianz Cornhill

Renewal of Parish Council Policy

£1,764-45
(b) Warwickshire Association of Local Councils Annual Subscription
£336-00
  (c) Stratford on Avon Rate Demand Notice - Youth Club
£182-04
(d) ABB Street Lighting Maintenance
£154-63
(e) Powergen Street Lighting Supply
£108-53
(f) Greenacre Garden Grass Cutting contract
£112-00
(g) West Midlands Local Government Association 'Green Book'
£10-00
(h) Powergen Electricity supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£22-00
(i) British Gas Gas supply to Village Hall (Direct Debit)
£121-00
(j) Ian Wilkins Clerk's Salary and Expenses
£616-40
(k) H.M. Revenue & Customs PAYE on Clerk's Salary
£148-50
Proposed Councillor Mrs Morlidge, Seconded Councillor Fitchford
'that the listed payments be authorised'
So resolved, nem con
07. PLANNING MATTERS
Applications
(a)

Mrs. B. Bainbridge
Dawnedge

Church Road

T1: ash - crown reduce by 25%
07/00252/TREE
Submission Support - it will also provide more light for residents on the opposite side of the road
(b)

Snitterfield Sports Club
Bowling Green
Wolverton Road

Changing Room and mower store
07/00183/FUL
Submission Support - it will improve the Club facilities and will be of benefit to the community
(c)

T. Mousley
Treetops

Cedar Drive

T1: sycamore - fell
07/00409/TREE
Submission Support - provided that a replacement broadleaf tree is planted on the site
(d)

Mr and Mrs D. McMahon
1-2, Sand Barn Cottages

Sand Barn Lane

Erection of a pitched roof on a garage
07/00621/FUL
Submission Support - the pitched roof will be more in keeping with the house and surrounding buildings
(e)

Arden Fisheries Ltd.
Snitterfield Fruit Farm

Kings Lane

Erection of fishermans timber clubhouse
07/00718/FUL
Submission deferred
(f)

Miss L. Dutton.
Blossom Cottage

The Green

Construct replacement dwelling and garage together with all ancillary works
07/00820/FUL
Submission deferred
(g)

Miss L. Dutton.
Blossom Cottage

The Green

Demolition of existing dwelling and garage
07/00821/FUL
Submission deferred
(g)

Mr and Mrs T. Sargent.
The Old Bakehouse

12, The Green

Demolition and replacement of current
single storey extension with two storey extension and demolition and
replacement of current garage
07/00878/FUL
Correspondence
(a)

Mr. Tony Horton
Planning Officer

Stratford on Avon District Council

Snitterfield Sports Club - Approach to
extend permitted hours of operation of floodlights to tennis courts
The Clerk explained that the proposal was to extend the current 9-30 p.m. until 10-00 p.m. Mr. Horton wished to know the view of the Parish Council before deciding on the procedure to be adopted
After consideration, it was agreed not to object to the proposal
Decisions
(a)

Mr. R. Evan
Fox Hunter Inn

The Square

First floor extension to provide additional living accommodation to
manager's private flat - amendment to
previous approval 05/02599/FUL
(Retrospective)
06/03520/FUL
Permission with conditions
(b)

Niall Conway Treework Ltd
1, The Gables

Smiths Lane

2 no. Lombardy Poplar - reduce height
by 50%
06/03093/TREE
Consent granted
(c)

Aspi Mobed
Spring Farm House

Warwick Road
Black Hill

Change of use from partly garden and partly storage of vehicles to predominately parking of vehicles with perimeter planting. Change of use of
agricultural land to parking
07/00083/FUL
Refusal
(d)

Miss J. Sheasby
Sycamore House

White Horse Hill

Demolition of existing dwelling, attached barns and outbuildings and construct replacement dwelling, garage and ancillary works
06/03606/FUL
Permission with conditions
(e)

Snitterfield Sports Club
Bowling Green
Wolverton Road

Changing Room and mower store
07/00183/FUL
Permission with conditions
08. CORRESPONDENCE
Warwickshire County Council
 

27, Hales Close - Advisory Disabled Parking Space

No Objection to the application
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
 

A Biodiversity Action Plan for Local Communities

To be circulated for consideration of further action
SMP Playgrounds
 
Invitation to Seminar - Thursday 26th April Invitation not accepted - need not identified
09. CARBON FOOTPRINT PROJECT
Councillor Jones reported on a meeting of the Snitterfield Low Carbon Group. He outlined the proposals for the exhibition to be held in the Village Hall on 29th April
10. AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT

The Chairman reported on a site visit by Council Members to land situated at Jago Green/Shelby Lane. He said that Members felt that the site did not fulfil the criteria set down in the Affordable Housing Project in that it is not within reasonable walking/cycling distance from the village facilities, i.e. school and shop. In addition, the size of the sewer pipe was insufficient to cater for the proposed housing
He added that the Bearley Road site does appear to satisfy the criteria; Charles Barlow was in discussion with the landowner
There was now a need to identify an alternative site

11. MOLE CONTROL CONTRACT
The Clerk submitted a 12-month contract with Jukes Pest Services in the same terms as the previous contract in the sum of £300. He pointed out that it included land at the Cemetery and the War Memorial
Proposed Councillor Fitchford, Seconded Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
'That the contract be agreed'
So resolved, nem con
It was further agreed that, should the need arise for the removal of moles from the Playing Fields, then that should be separately negotiated with Mr. Jukes
12. COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
Councillor Mrs. Morlidge
Said that the Environment Agency had recently conducted a survey of the culvert under The Green. A video had been made and this could be viewed by arrangement

Referred to the Planning Permission in respect of Sycamore House, White Horse Hill and queried if it would be possible to include a provision for laying a pavement
Councillor Hobbs said that it would not be possible to add such a provision after the grant of the Permission

Said that she was concerned about the condition of the Cemetery, in particular the two shrubs growing out of the graves and the Yew Tree in the centre
It was agreed to obtain quotations for the work, also to include the hedge bordering Park Lane

Referred to the defective street light in The Green at the junction of The Knob and said that she had spoken with Graham Penfold of ABB. He had indicated to her that the column could be repaired by a simple welding job
The Chairman said that this was completely contrary to the advice given some 12 months ago, when it was stated that a replacement column would be required. He referred to the decision taken to purchase an appropriate column and said that an order had been issued to ABB and Central Networks for the installation
He said that on 12th April, engineers had attended, but had installed the column at the incorrect site, i.e. The Green at the junction of Bearley Road. This particular lamp had been working correctly and no fault had been reported

He added that both he and the Clerk were in discussion with ABB in an attempt to resolve the matter

Councillor Jones
Expressed his appreciation of the work carried out by the County Council in replacing the stiles on Public Footpaths by Kissing Gates

Councillor Stammers
Said that he had received an e-mail from Mr. Ken Chatland to the effect that a quantity of hardcore had been deposited on the abandoned part of Kings Lane adjacent to the Fruit Farm, now used as a cycleway
Councillor Hobbs asked to be given details and he would make enquiries

Councillor Hobbs
Said that the County Council intended to carry out remedial work to alleviate the problem of flooding in School Road following the completion of work on Luscombe Culvert

Referred to the re-submitted Planning Application for the Old Bakehouse, The Green and said that he would support the proposal

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9-00 p.m

 
PERIOD OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE MEETING OF SNITTERFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2007

Prior to the Meeting

Mr. Alan Morris
Referred to the Planning Application for Blossom Cottage, The Green. He said that he was strongly opposed to the proposed demolition of the dwelling; he added that demolition was only permitted in a Conservation Area if the building was derelict
The Chairman responded that the Parish Council had yet to make a submission on this Application, although the Council had objected to the previous Application, subsequently withdrawn. He added that the statement about demolition of dwellings was not entirely correct

Chairman
Said that, in view of the attendance of a number of interested parties, he would outline the background to the Affordable Housing Project in the Parish. He went on to refer, in particular, to the site at Jago Green/Shelby Lane. He said that a number of Parish Councillors had visited the site and this had obviously caused concern to a number of residents nearby
Several residents voiced their concerns, including the blight which any proposal might have on house prices and the protection of the environment
The Chairman said that any site would have to be acceptable to Parishioners. In this case, Councillors were not satisfied that the site conformed to the criteria set down in the Affordable Housing Project

Mr. Ron Grant
Expressed his disapproval concerning the Permission granted to erect a barn on land at Bellbrook Farm. He said that it had been erected in the Green Belt and was an eyesore
The Chairman said that, being an agricultural building, prior approval by the District Council was not required; the Parish Council had no authority to intervene

After the Meeting

Mr. Ken Chatland
Queried the progress of enforcement action concerning
(1) Trees in The Park
(2) Hedgerows - Fruit Farm
Councillor Hobbs responded with a progress report

Asked about any action taken with regard to the ongoing business at the premises in Kings Lane at the junction of Ingon Lane
The Chairman said that he had attended and given advice to Mr. Andrews
Councillor Hobbs undertook to take the matter further

Mr & Mrs T. Sargent
Spoke of the re-submitted Planning Application in respect of The Old Bakehouse, 12, The Green